Dane Coles

Nehe Milner-Skudder back as All Blacks boost Hurricanes

Fresh off their 83-17 demolition of the Sunwolves in Tokyo, the Hurricanes host the Rebels in Wellington on Saturday.
 
The star trio are among four changes to the starting XV. The other sees Reed Prinsep come in at No 8 to for the injured Blade Thomson.
 
Hurricanes hooker and captain Coles and first-five Barrett swap places with Ricky Riccitelli and Otere Black respectively after coming off the bench in Tokyo.

All Blacks hooker named Wellingtonian of the Year

 The award was announced in Wellington on Thursday night.

Coles led the Hurricanes to the Super Rugby title this year, ending 21 winless years for the Wellington based franchise.

Coles, 29, was also a member of the All Blacks 2015 World Cup winning side and is currently away with the side on their end of year European tour.

Coles and Hurricane and All Black teammate Beauden Barrett are also among the contenders for the World Rugby Player of the Year, with the winner to be announced in London.

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Signs not good for Coles

RNZ reports Coles, who came off in the his side's quarter final win over the Sharks last weekend with a rib injury has been bracketed in the starting lineup with Ricky Riccitelli

He took little part in the Hurricanes training today and avoided any contact work.

Coles has been bracketed with Ricky Riccitelli in an otherwise unchanged Hurricanes starting lineup which means All Black winger Julian Savea remains in the reserves, with Jason Woodward again starting on the left wing.

Dane Coles to captain Hurricanes

The appointments have been hugely popular within the 'Canes camp, with head coach Chris Boyd saying it was Coles' dedication and passion for the team which made him deserving of the leadership role.

"Dane is a proud and passionate Hurricanes player who has always led, and will continue to lead by example.